Of mice and men/ the great gatsby


Have you ever come so close to a dream you have had for as long as you can remember just to have it ripped away from you? In Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby the main characters were so close to getting what they have always wanted. For Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men it was their own place that they could call home, and rabbits of course. For Gatsby in The Great Gatsby in was to have Daisy and to go back to the way it once was when they were younger. Neither one of them fully succeed their dreams. They came close, but not close enough. The similarities in both of these books would be that the characters all came close to achieving their dreams, on person died in the process, and they tried their entire life to succeed at their goal.


The characters Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men were just around the corner from succeeding their “American Dream”. George never really thought it would happen, until Candy came along. Lennie being oblivious to everything believed it was possible. It became possible when Candy offered to help, “I ain’t much good with on’y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’. An’ they give me two hunderd an’ fifty dollars ‘cause I los’ my hand. An’ I got fifty more saved up right in the bank, right now. Tha’s three hunderd, and I got fifty more comin’ the end a the month. Tell you what—” He leaned forward eagerly. “S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hunderd an’ fifty bucks I’d put in. I ain’t much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How’d that be?” At that moment it became possible for them. Until Lennie ended up getting in trouble again. In The Great Gatsby Jay was a pinch away from living his life with daisy they way he always wanted too. They would spend hours together almost every day. Until they went to the Plaza with Tom, Nick, and Jordan. Tom went on about how he looked into Gatsby's past, “About Gatsby! No, I haven’t. I said I’d been making a small investigation of his past.” In the Plaza Tom started revealing everything that Gatsby has lied about. In the process of that Gatsby started pleading to Daisy about why he did what he did, “But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room.” That’s when Gatsby lost his chance with Daisy and that the past, would have to remain in the past.


In the process of trying to succeed at their goals one character in both of the books passed away. In Of Mice and Men George had to shoot Lennie because he knew it was the right thing to do. He knew if he did not that Curley, the guy who’s wife Lennie accidentally killed, would make his death as painful as possible, “I’m gonna shoot the guts outa that big bastard myself, even if I only got one hand. I’m gonna get ‘im.” George shot Lennie to save him from Curley. In The great Gatsby, Gatsby ended up getting shot in the end as well. He took the blame for the death of Myrtle, even though Daisy was really the one to run her over. George, Myrtles wife, ended up finding Gatsby and shooting him on his own property, then shot himself. “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.”


Have you ever worked for something your entire life? Do you know how it feels to put so much work into something and not have it work out the way you have always dreamed it would? The characters in Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby do. They all